Hardware Comparison: VersaView Selection Guide

The Allen Bradley VersaView line is distinctly different from the PanelView and Component HMI class.  The VersaView line combines monitors, industrial PCs, and thin clients that work on an open architecture platform. The VersaView line also has fewer connectors and is fanless, reducing commissioning time and setup costs. 

By combining these industrial computers and monitors with software applications such as FactoryTalk View and thin client software such as ThinManager, the entire visualization experience is enhanced.

The use of thin clients provides a cost-effective solution for both standalone and complex visualization systems throughout an operation. By connecting via server to access stored applications, local hard drives are not needed. This centralized approach also helps users better ensure security than distributed hard drives that may be more susceptible to breach.  

The VersaView Family

The VersaView line is designed for system flexibility and centralized server access to power the visualization applications. This is distinct difference compared to the PanelView line and other micro and component level HMIs offered by Allen Bradley. Thus, the VersaView line offers monitors, non-display industrial computers connected to monitors, and integrated displays. This ability to combine components allows system designers to configure an optimal system cost-effectively.

VersaView 5000 Products

Industrial Computers

Industrial computers in the 5000 families consist of the 5400 Integrated Display and the 5400 Non-Display.  Shared characteristics include the use of the Intel Atom Bay Trail Quad Core. They both have 128GB of SSD and 4GB of RAM. Neither system offers a keypad or CompactFlash capability.  For monitor capacity, the 5400 Integrated Display consists of a single external display and cannot support additional displays. This makes the 5400 Integrated Display computer a good choice for standalone systems. By comparison, the 5400 Non-Display has dual external display supports that allow VGA or DisplayPort use.

5400 Integrated Display Features:

  • Screen Size: The 5400 Integrated Display comes in 4 sizes, 12.1”, 15.6”, 18.5”, and 21.5”. The display bezels for monitors are in glass and aluminum.
  • Touch Screen – Available in PCAP touch.
  • Operating System: The system offers several Windows-based operating systems depending on the desired size and type of visualization system. These include
    • 7 PRO SP1 32bit/64 bit
    • WES 7 32 bit/64 bit
    • 10 IoT Enterprise 64 bit
    • Power – The 5400 Integrated Display is available in 24V
    • I/O Ports – The Integrated Display 5400 has the following I/O ports:
    • Dual EtherNet
    • DisplayPort
    • SD Card
    • USB
  • Mounting: As the Integrated Display will often be the primary visualization point, it is offered as a panel mount and is VESA.
  • RAM – The 5400 Integrated Display offers 4 GB of supplied RAM. It supports both DR3 and SO-DIMM RAM.

5400 Non-Display Features:

The 5400 Non-Display computer offers the same operating system and capability as the Integrated Display. However, it is more flexible as it is used often within integrated systems across a large footprint. This may include different mounting requirements and different external screens used as part of an ecosystem of visualization. Differences include:

  • RAM – The 5400 Non-Display only offers DDR3 RAM at 4GB, whereas the 5400 Integrated also offers SO-DIMM.
  • Power: Because they may or may not be required to power a screen, Non-Display models are available in power configurations of 12V…24V.
  • Mounting: Non-Display computers may be used in a more diverse range of locations within a machine or a production environment. Because of this, they offer multiple mounting options for flexibility, including
    • Vertical
    • DIN-Rail
    • VESA
    • Legacy 6155R
    • Machine
    • I/O Ports: The Non-Display 5400 offers dual EtherNet, USB, and DisplayPort like the Integrated Display.  However, the Non-Display does not offer an SD Card and has a serial connector the Integrated Display does not have.  I/O Ports Include:
  • DisplayPort
  • Dual EtherNet
  • Serial
  • USB

Thin Clients

Thin Clients are monitors that allow centralized management using ThinClient software. As they do not have an operating system or hard drive on their own, they are used to connect to industrial computers such as the 5400 Non-Display and offer feature sets to allow builders to customize the right screen for each application and area of use.

Thin Client monitors are offered in several configurations. All are fanless and have both power switch and power LED indicators. Features that may differ from model to model include:

VersaView 5200 Single Display

  • Video – The 5200 Single Display comes with only one DisplayPort output.
  • USB – The Single Display allows 2 USB 2.0 and 2 USB 3.0 ports.
  • LAN – The Single Display offers a single LAN port.
  • Audio – Audio output is comprised of a single 3.5mm out.
  • CPU – The CPU offered on the Single Display is the Intel Atom E3815 single core.
  • Power – Power for the 5200 Single Display is 100/240V AC with an external brick.
  • Communication/Serial Port – The Single Display 5200 does not have a communication/serial port.

VersaView 5200 Dual Display

  • Video – The 5200 Dual Display comes with one DisplayPort output and one VGA.
  • USB – The Dual Display allows 2 USB 2.0 and 1 USB 3.0 ports.
  • LAN – The Dual Display offers 2 LAN ports.
  • Audio – Audio output is accomplished over the DisplayPort output.
  • CPU – The CPU offered on the Dual Display is the Intel Atom E3815 single core.
  • Power – Power for the 5200 Dual Display is 12V…24V DC.
  • Communication/Serial Port – The VersaView 5200 Dual Display offers a single COM/Serial port.

VersaView 5200 Integrated Display

  • Video – The 5200 Integrated Display comes with one DisplayPort along with its single integrated display.
  • USB – The Integrated Display allows 2 USB 2.0 and 1 USB 3.0 ports.
  • LAN – The Integrated Display offers 2 LAN ports.
  • Audio – Audio output is accomplished over the DisplayPort output.
  • CPU – The CPU offered on the Integrated Display is the Intel Atom E3815 single core.
  • Power – Power for the 5200 Integrated Display is 24V DC.
  • Communication/Serial Port – The VersaView 5200 Integrated Display offers a single COM/Serial port.

VersaView 5200 Dual 4K Display

  • Video – The 5200 Dual 4K Display comes with one DisplayPort and a single HDMI, rated for 4K.
  • USB – The Dual 4K Display allows 2 USB 2.0 and 2 USB 3.0 ports.
  • LAN – The Dual 4K Display offers 2 LAN ports.
  • Audio – Audio output is accomplished via a 3.5 mm output.
  • CPU – The CPU offered on the Dual 4K Display is the Intel Atom E3950 x7 quad-core.
  • Power – Power for the 5200 Dual 4K Display is 24V DC.
  • Communication/Serial Port – The VersaView 5200 Dual 4K Display offers a single COM/Serial port.

VersaView 5200 Multi 4K Thin Client

  • Video – The 5200 Multi 4K Display comes with two video configurations. The Multi 4K is either 3 4K DisplayPorts, or it offers 3 4K DisplayPorts and four mini DisplayPorts.
  • USB – The Multi 4K Display allows 4 USB 2.0 and 2 USB 3.0 ports.
  • LAN – The Multi 4K Display offers 3 LAN ports.
  • Audio – Audio output is accomplished via a 3.5 mm input and output.
  • CPU – The CPU offered on the Multi 4K Display is the Intel i5-7500T quad-core.
  • Power – Power for the 5200 Multi 4K Display is 24V DC.
  • Communication/Serial Port – The VersaView 5200 Multi 4K Display offers 2 COM/Serial ports.

VersaView 5100 Monitors

VersaView 5100 monitors are designed to work with the VersaView Non-Display industrial computers or VersaView 5200 thin client dual and multi-display units. These units complete the system with versatile size options of 12”, 15.6”, 18.5”, and 21.5”. They have a projected capacitance touch screen and can be connected via USB.

VersaView 6300 Products

Like the 5000 family, the 6300 family is designed for flexibility in building centralized visualization systems. The VersaView 6300 series is a generational change, with components only becoming available in 2021. The 6300 series follows the same path of components as the 5000 series with a few changes in terminology.

Industrial Computers

The VersaView 6300 industrial computer is an open architecture product that leverages advanced generation Intel chips to handle complex and advanced industrial applications. It also differs from the 5000 series industrial computer in that it can utilize a Linux-based operating system and Windows. The 6300 also offers a full 1TB of storage and has added EtherNet ports and advanced networking capabilities to be integrated into existing systems. All versions of the 6300 industrial computers have been designed to meet vigorous IoT applications within demanding environments.

6300P Panel PC 

The 6300P Panel PC is analogous to the 5400 Integrated Panel offering within the 6300 series. It comes in either standard bezel aluminum or low-profile bezel aluminum with aluminum glass True Flat.

  • Processor – Both versions offer IP65 and IP66 protection, depending on the model. They operate on an Intel Celeron G3900E 2.4 GHz core, an Intel Core i3-7100E, 2.9GHz core, or an Intel Core i7-7820EQ processor, depending on the model. 
  • Chipsets: Both utilize an Intel HM170PH and Intel HM175 PCH chipset.  
  • Graphics: VersaView 6300s have a variety of video controllers depending on visualization requirements and conditions. These controllers include:
  • Intel HD Graphics 510 integrated into an Intel Celeron microprocessor.
  • Intel HD Graphics 630 integrated with i3-7100E
  • Intel HD Graphics 630 integrated with i5-7440EQ/i7-7820EQ
  • Storage – 1TB with 4/8/16/32 available RAM.
  • I/O – Each supports 1 RS232 serial with 1 PCle 5GB expansion slots and 1DVI-D video output, in addition to the 4 EtherNet ports mentioned above.

Differences between the Standard and Low Profile include:

  • USB – The standard profile offers 3 3.0 and 2 2.o USB slots in the rear and a single USB 2.0 in front.  By contrast, the low profile only offers 3.3.0 and 2 2.0, all rear mounted.
  • Touch Screen Options: The standard only comes with resistive five-wire touch screen capability. The low profile also offers the same resistive five-wire but also allows P-CAP Multitouch Aluminum Glass True Flat.
  • Screen Sizes: Standard screen sizes include 12.1”, 15.0”, 17”, 19” while the low profile has a more extensive size range of 12.1”, 15.6”, 18.5”, 21.5”, and 24”, all wide screens.

6300B Box PC

The VersaView 6300 Box PC is analogous to the 5000 Non-Display products. It is the Non-Display option within the 6300 series. The 6300B comes in two versions, the Intel Atom Class (6300T) and the Intel Core I Class (6300B), with the latter being the more robust and feature-laden version.

VersaView 6300T Box PC (Intel Atom Class)

Designed to work with thin client components, the 6300B derivative 6300T uses the Windows 10 IoT Enterprise operating system. They also use a quad-core processor composed of the Intel Atom x7-3950. Both units use the Intel HD Graphics 505 video controller and have 4/8GB of RAM. Mass storage is less on the 6300T than on the 6300 B at 240GB. It also offers only 2 LAN EtherNet connections and 2 USB 3.0 (Type-A) ports. The unit is 24V DC and is a book-mounted unit.

VersaView 6300B Box (Intel I Core Class)

The 6300B Intel I Core Class has two models. One is a book mount model, and the other is a wall mount model. Both utilize an Intel HD Graphics 630, and both offer up to 32GB of RAM and a single DVI-D single link. Both versions also offer a single serial port consisting of RS232, and each offers four onboard EtherNet ports. And both have a full 1TB of mass storage as well. While key functionality is similar overall, there are some distinctions and differences between the two models.

  • Processor – The book mounted version is available in both two core and quad-core. The two core uses the Intel Core i3-7100E, while the quad-core uses the i7-7820EQ. For the book mount, the system uses either an i3-7101 or an i7-7700, both quad cores.
  • Chipset: The Book mounted version uses the Intel HM175 PCH, while the wall mount utilizes the Intel C236 PCH chipset.
  • USB – The wall-mounted version offers 3 USB 3.0 and 2 USB 2.0 Type-A slots. The book mount model only provides 4 USB 3.0 Type-A slots.
  • Power: One key distinction is that the book mount version operates at 24V DC while the wall mount uses 100V/230V AC.

6300M Monitors

The VersaView monitor products are intended for applications requiring high performance. They offer ten-point multitouch and can even be operated with gloves. They are available in multiple resolutions to match any application or environment and allow both DVI and DisplayPort inputs.

There are four monitor models to choose from in the 6300M category. Two utilize standard screen width, and 2 use wide screens. Additional features include:

  • Screen Width: Screen widths of 12.1”, 15”, 17”, and 19” are available in standard screen width on the Standard Bezel and Standard Bezel True Flat. On the Low Profile and Low Profile True Flat, all screens are in a widescreen format in sizes of 10.1”, 12.1”, 15.6”,18.5”, 21.5”, and 24”.
  • Touch Screen: All monitors use resistive five wires for the touch screen except the Low Profile True Flat, which uses P-CAP ten-point multitouch. USB – All models offer 3 USB 2.0 in the rear except for the Standard Bezel, which offers 3 USB 2.0 in the back and one USB 2.0 in front. 

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